COLUMN: Amazing Advances in Technology

One smartphone has more computing power than NASA used to put men on the moon in 1969.

If you own a smartphone, you have more computing power at your fingertips than NASA scientists had when they put people on the moon in 1969! And it’s in a small device, unlike the massive hardware the space agency used.

A Forest Park for Rossland? Poverty is expensive; the Benefits Question; BIG grape stompers needed!

A Forest Park for Rossland?  Poverty is expensive; the Benefits Question; BIG grape stompers needed!

Rossland's City Council held its regularly scheduled meeting at 6:00 pm on Monday, March 27, with Mayor Kathy Moore and Councillors Lloyd McLellan, John  Greene, Andy Morel, Marten Kruysse, and Andrew Zwicker present.  Only Aaron  Cosbey was unable to attend.

The gallery produced no opinions for the Public Input Period, so Council moved right on to delegations.

A "Forest Park" for Rossland?

CBT accepting built Heritage grant applications

The Kaslo City Hall is just one of the examples of built Heritage assets in the Basin. — Photo courtesy Zoe Ferguson

The first intake of the three-year, $6-million Columbia Basin Trust’s new Built Heritage Grants is now open.
“We know that there are projects that organizations will want to get started on this year, so we’ve timed our first grant intake to help them take advantage of this year’s building season,” said Wayne Lundeberg, the Trust’s Director, Delivery of Benefits.

No one injured in structure fire in downtown Castlegar

No one injured in structure fire in downtown Castlegar

No one was injured during a structure fire in downtown Castlegar this afternoon, according to Fire Chief Gerry Rempel.

Rempel said the call came in at about 2:40 p.m., to attend a fire in single-family home in the 300 Block of 6 Avenue.

“We put it out quite quickly, but there’s substantial smoke damage,” Rempel said, adding the house was empty but for two cats at the time. It was a relative popping by who smelled smoke and alerted the fire department.

“The two cats are fine,” Rempel added.

Unifor Local 2000 fights to save journalism jobs

The layoffs, combined with voluntary buyouts, reduce staff from 220 to just 128 — a 42 per cent reduction in just a few months.

The future of journalism is under attack after the owner of the Vancouver Sun and The Province issued layoff notices to 54 people last week.

Unifor Local 2000 is aggressively fighting these layoffs that, combined with 38 voluntary buyouts in January, will reduce staff from 220 to just 128 — a 42 per cent reduction in just a few months.

In the 1990s, there were more than 2,000 people working at both papers.

UPDATED: RDCK removes evacuation alert for Johnsons Landing

In 2012, a major mudslide devastated the community of Johnsons Landing. — File photo

Residents in Johnsons Landing can breathe a little easier after the Regional District of Central Kootenay removed the evacuation alert Tuesday afternoon.

In a medla release Tuesday, the RDCK said it was determined that the small slide and debris flood were minor in nature.

"The RDCK is asking the public to remain vigilant and to stay aware of the condition of Gar Creek. Spring melt and coming rain could bring further debris down the creek channel," the media release said.

Family Action Network Creates Toolkit for Parents

Family Action Network Creates Toolkit for Parents

 Do you have children six and under?  FAN has new resources for you.  Working with parents, health providers and early years professionals over the course of the last year, the Family Action Network (FAN) has developed new resources to support the growth and development of our region’s youngest residents.  FAN is offering these tools to local families with a message to check their children’s development ‘early and often’.

COLUMN: From the Hill -- 2017 Budget Comments

Member of Parliament Richard Cannings

As I discussed in my last column, the federal government had an opportunity in last week’s budget to finally start closing the growing income inequality gap in Canada. But, unfortunately the Liberals chose tax breaks for wealthy Canadians and giveaways to large corporations over helping the unemployed, veterans, and Indigenous children.

Work crews continue cleanup of mudslide west of Creston

Crews are working long hours to remove debris from the recent slide on the Kootenay Pass. — Photo courtesy WKootenay District MOTI Twitter

Highway work crews continue to clean up a mudslide 10 kilometres west of Creston said DriveBC website Sunday.

“Rock is getting smaller,” said the West Kootenay District for Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure Twitter feed.

Highway 3 slide continues to have the road reduced to single alternating traffic through Sunday.

Other traffic news includes Highway 3A single alternating traffic at the Beasley Bluffs for brushing through to Tuesday.

Sewage truck removed from property of Slocan Valley resident

A call for a septic tank cleaning job has led to a civil fight between the company and Slocan Valley senior. — John Boivin, The Nelson Daily

The Nelson Daily is reporting on Sunday afternoon, March 26, the septic truck was removed from Ms. Ryder's property.

Sinking sewage truck gives Slocan Valley senior major headache

A Slocan Park senior says she doesn’t know where to turn after getting into a bizarre argument with a septic tank cleaning company that won’t remove a stuck sewage truck from her yard.

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